Exactly ten days before my birthday, I was here at The Den for the biggest and grandest food event of the year at Marriott Manila--Flavors of Asia! Such a great way to start my birthday month. My first time to be invited by Marriott Hotel and I was so elated for the exclusive invitation. Thanks Ms. Vannah Santiago for such an opportunity, how I wish I'll be invited again in Marriott Hotel's upcoming events. I was there before 5PM making sure that I won't miss anything. While waiting for the other guests to arrive I killed my time productively by taking snapshots of the venue where some sort of press conference transpired. Above is the sweep panorama of The Den -- classy, cozy, and very functional venue.
Outside The Den is this small garden. Perfect nook to reflect and have brief 'me time'.
Ornamental jars that give some life to the venue.
(L-R) Limade (Fresh Lime Juice) represents Vietnam; Apolkat Shake (Avocado & Chocolate) represents Indonesia; Thai Lemongrass represents Thailand; and last but not the least, Teh Tarik (Black Tea & Condensed Milk) represents Malaysia.
As more and more guests arrived these Flavors of Asia beverages are offered to each one of us, giving us the opportunity to sample what we want and drink as many as we can. I get to try all of them of course but some flavors in minute amount as I cannot gobble four different flavors with my stomach empty. Can you guess what flavor whetted my appetite?
Excellent drinks from Indonesia and Malaysia are so famous for me that afternoon. The Apolkat Shake (Avocado & Chocolate) glass was so awesome. It never occurred to me until that moment that these two could actually make a good match. Moreover, the Teh Tarik (Black Tea & Condensed Milk) was as good as the first one. I'm crazy over tea and this one from Malaysia is a blast! I honestly do not have strong interest when it comes to lemongrass-infused-drinks, the reason why I barely touched the drink Thai Lemongrass. Limade or the lime juice on the other hand is not good for my tummy that time as I was starving already. This refreshing drink is always best as after-meal beverage which I did not forget to imbibe after the buffet session.
Ms. Vannah Santiago, Marketing Communications assistant of Marriott Hotel Manila, officially started the Bloggers' Night for Flavors of Asia. Everyone pays full attention as she introduces to us the chefs behind the incredible Flavors of Asia. We witnessed their creative dishes which are truly drool-worthy. Each chef represents one country of Asia so it is really interesting to learn more of their background and attainments. Read, scroll down and be impressed with their culinary expertise. Below their photos is one of their best dishes or should I say masterpieces that will definitely tickle your appetite.
Chef Thanatorn Krobsuay of JW Marriott Bangkok
Som Tum (Green Papaya Salad)
Chef Dadang Wahyudi of JW Marriott Jakarta, Indonesia
Aneka Sate (Assorted Satay)
Chef Ruhizad Muri of Renaissance Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Chef Phan Tien Hoa of Renaissance Riverside Saigon
Cha Gio (Fried Spring Roll)
These four well-renowned chefs is currently conducting special cooking class for only PhP1500 net inclusive of a hearty lunch. For your information here's the schedule: July 9, Thai; July 16, Malaysian; July 23 Vietnamese; and July 30, Indonesian. Experience Asia one at a time by enjoying the said classes. Cook and be masters of kitchen like them. Good luck!
After the conference where pleasantries and questions and answers were revealed, which lasted for more than an hour, all food bloggers were treated to the Marriott Cafe's Flavors of Asia buffet to explore and experience Asia in its finest through a drool-worthy kind of gastronomic delight. Click here to learn more about the night of feast and culinary adventure reflecting nothing but the best of Asia's four best cuisines.